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Clinical Trials

Health written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the future viability of randomised controlled trials in the era of personalised medicine.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is actively involved in discussions on the design of randomised clinical trials in the scope of personalised medicine. These discussions involve regulators, academics and industry in Europe and the United States of America, as well as the Stratified Medicine Innovation Platform headed by the Technology Strategy Board. Personalised medicine offers the prospect for smaller, targeted clinical trials in which the likelihood of response is improved by selection of patients based on their inherited characteristics. Several such studies have already been conducted to support new medicinal product development. These studies will continue to be randomised and controlled in their design, albeit in a more stratified population and are expected to play an important role in the realisation of personalised medicine.

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